According to many famous British media, the management team of the German Audi manufacturer has decided to reschedule the world premiere of its flagship A8 model of the new generation to the end of 2016.
The main reason that caused the automotive company to take such a decision is a revision and modernization of the electric car equipment for the application of semi-autonomous driving technology, which has already been tested by the RS7 Piloted Driving Concept car.
It should be recalled, that the flagship presentation had been planned for the end of 2015. But today the world premiere has been postponed for about 11 – 12 months. The 2017 Audi A8 will be the first production model, which will get innovative solutions in the field of autonomous driving. Apparently, this is the only significant reason for the sedan’s date of launch change.
The Novelty Exterior
The prototypes of the novelty have been already shot by photospies. However, these were only the “test samples”. The 2017 year model will have a lot of differences from the current version of the car, as the body design of the novelty is maintained with numerous elements, taken from the concept version of the station wagon, the Audi prologue Avant as well as the Audi prologue Coupe.
Representatives of the automotive company from Germany were actively disclosing this information during a recent press conference at the Audi headquarters.
Thus, the exterior of the new car will look not very conservative, but still “seriously”. The new model will surprise customers by the new optics, a completely different grille, a low roofline, as well as the increased wheel arches. The overall dimensions of the car are likely to remain the same. The aerodynamics of the car body will also be increased, having a positive effect on the driving performance.
The 2017 Audi A8 Interior
More serious changes will be made inside of the car. According to the official information, it became known, that the novelty will be equipped with a fully digital dashboard. The multifunctional touch screen, due to which the driver can control multiple systems and functions, will also be installed there. The developers will replace the usual keys on the instrument panel with many small touch screens.
The novelty multimedia interface will be able to recognize the force of pressing on the touch screen, besides of the voice and gestures. In addition, the on-board electronics will surprise by the possibility of independent communication with the road infrastructure, offering the optimized trajectory for the driver, taking the speed of movement or traffic into consideration, which will be analyzed in such a way for the car to approach the traffic lights exactly at the time when it turns green.
The technology, used in the Audi A8, would be rather appropriate. Ulrich Hackenberg, the company chief, claims that the novelty will be the first car to refuse from electronic assistants in advance to the unmanned vehicle control. Also thanks to the new features, the car will be able to save fuel, consuming just as much as it is necessary.
Rather noticeable is that it will be possible for the 2017 A8 to move independently at the speed of up to 60 km /h, change lane, activate the turn signals, brake, park at the most convenient independently selected place.
Concerning to the amount of free space inside of the car, the company decided to increase it to the maximum, providing with more comfortable and enjoyable accommodation.
According to the authoritative magazine, the range of power units of the novelty will be represented by four versions:
- The upgraded six-liter W12 engine with the peak power of 585 hp;
- Not so long ago created turbocharged six-liter diesel power unit with a capacity of 285 hp;
- The 4.0-liter eight-cylinder turbo engine, producing 580 hp;
- The plug-in hybrid unit consisting of an electric motor and a three-liter diesel engine.
These powertrains will be coupled with the automatic 8-speed transmission as well as the all-wheel drive Quattro system.
The premium car will be equipped with radar, ultrasonic and laser sensors, video cameras, as well as the latest generation electronics, which displays the real-time image of the road.
Do not talk on the phone, do not smoke, do not be distracted by extraneous detail, and most importantly, stick to the set speed – the main concept of the future trend.
Stefan Moser, the head of the department of the company, said: “In my opinion, our autonomous models are several times better than most of today’s drivers.”